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Roman style Artichokes

Carciofi alla Romana is symbol of Roman traditional food. Thereby, it is one of those dishes that you can find in almost all trattorias in Rome. It is a simple recipe that really captures the flavour and greatness of good artichokes, like the ones that can be found at markets this time of the year. Back when I was in Portugal, I used to look at these beautiful vegetables and always end up avoiding them because I didn’t really know how to cook them. One of these Saturday market mornings, I decided to remain for a while observing my usual vegetable providers cleaning them. We talked for a while and they also explained me how to cook them. I realized that an important part of this simple recipe is in the artichoke cut, it is this preliminary process that allows to reveal the real potential of the vegetable. I hope this post inspires someone to do some artichoke cooking action, because it is really worth it. Ingredients: 5 artichokes romaneschi 5 small garlic cloves 4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil parsley salt 1 lemon Preparation: Prepare a container with …

Simple hummus with raw vegetables

Some weeks ago I found myself really craving a good hummus. And instead of going through the hard task of finding a restaurant that serves it as I like, I just decided to do it myself. It is a great idea to prepare in bigger quantities so you have a healthy snack ready to dig in right from the fridge. You can store it in the fridge up to one week. If you never tried to do your own hummus go for it, it is totally worth a bit of your time… Believe me. Ingredients: jar of canned chickpeas (215g) 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of Tahini paste 2 tablespoons of olive oil 2 tablespoons of lemon juice 4 tablespoons of water 1 small garlic clove 1 teaspoon of sweet paprika pinch of black pepper pinch of salt Preparation: If you like your hummus extra creamy start by pealing all the skins of the chickpeas. This  step is not mandatory if you are looking for the express version of hummus, it is the thing that will …

Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese

This summer at home we had a good year for figs and we have been picking a lot of them up. As great as it may be eating them as they are right from the tree, I decided to do something different with some of them. Here you have a simple and quick great starter for summer meals, all done with seasonal ingredients that usually grow together. My dog, Pipa, sure did look like she wanted to taste some. Ingredients: 8 black figs 100 g crumbled goat’s cheese handful of toasted almonds tablespoon of honey Preparation: Toast the almonds in the oven until golden (about 4 minutes in a 180º C oven). Cut a cross in the figs, open them and place them in a baking tray. Crumble the goat cheese and insert it in the center of the figs. Place the figs in the oven until the cheese is melted and slightly golden (about 10 minutes at 180º C oven). Remove them from the oven when ready and sprinkle the figs with the pieces …